Golf: the unshakable Jake Scott triumphs at the Canada Cup in Victoriaville

VICTORIAVILLE – Beyond victory, there is the way. The Ohio native once again offered quality play at the end of the event to bring his overall to -24 (264), equaling the tournament record set by Nova Scotian Eric Banks , in 2019.

“This victory is the result of many, many efforts over the past few years and, slowly, it’s starting to pay off,” commented Scott, visibly emotional as he left the field. “I’ve worked a lot on my swing, my course management, as well as many other aspects of my game that have all come together over the past few days. It was amazing! »

Apart from a double bogey at 17e, his third over-par hole this week, Scott was consistent as clockwork in the final round, closing at -3 (69). His playing partner Drew Nesbitt wanted to take advantage of a good start to come and play the spoilsport, but he could not maintain the rhythm imposed by his rival.

“I knew Drew was a great player and would fight all day, so I had to keep the pedal to the metal,” Scott said of the eventual second-place finisher at -21 (267).

“I had a more loan start and he quickly took advantage of it. Then I picked up my pace with four birdies in a row to finish the front nine and, luckily, I was able to keep a good lead to make up for my few mistakes,” the new champion continued with a laugh.

Beyond the victory, there is the way. The Ohio native once again offered quality play at the end of the event to bring his overall to -24 (264), equaling the tournament record set by Nova Scotian Eric Banks , in 2019.

“This victory is the result of many, many efforts over the past few years and, slowly, it’s starting to pay off,” commented Scott, visibly emotional as he left the field. “I’ve worked a lot on my swing, my course management, as well as many other aspects of my game that have all come together over the past few days. It was amazing! »

Apart from a double bogey at 17e, his third over-par hole this week, Scott was consistent as clockwork in the final round, closing at -3 (69). His playing partner Drew Nesbitt wanted to take advantage of a good start to come and play the spoilsport, but he could not maintain the rhythm imposed by his rival.

“I knew Drew was a great player and would fight all day, so I had to keep the pedal to the metal,” Scott said of the eventual second-place finisher at -21 (267).

“I had a more loan start and he quickly took advantage of it. Then I picked up my pace with four birdies in a row to finish the front nine and, luckily, I was able to keep a good lead to make up for my few mistakes,” the new champion continued with a laugh.

The latter ended his dream week by stalling a good par putt at 18e hole, not missing the opportunity to greet the many spectators gathered around the green to welcome the top three.

” It was really great ! It’s a special event, it feels like the whole town is coming out to participate and cheer us on the pitch. It’s one of my favorite stops of the year and I’m very happy to have been able to play quality golf for amateurs in the last few days,” concluded the 34-year-old veteran before going to collect the trophy coveted prize and the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner.

the Top 3 was completed by a well-known name of Centro fans, Eric Banks. He played the best round of the tournament with a card of -10 (62) to climb nine levels and finish third, at -20 (268).

Quebecers shine at the end of the tournament

People present Sunday were also able to attend several good performances of the 21 representatives of the province still in the race for the title, starting with that of Brandon Lacasse, author of a round of 64 (-8).

The Knowlton club golfer thus moved up 14 positions to find himself fourth, just like in 2021, but this time at 17 strokes under par (271). “The goal of this tournament was just to stay calm and let my game do the talking. I knew the Game was good and I wanted to avoid getting out of the race like at the Omnium du Québec. This week, I managed my emotions better and it paid off in the end,” mentioned the man who sees big for the next few months.

“I still have several tournaments to come, including those of Q-School, in Europe, in early October. This kind of performance really gives me confidence for the future and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch! »

Lacasse was closely followed by some of her compatriots in the standings, including Étienne Papineau (Pinegrove) tied for fifth at -16 (272) thanks to a final round of -8 (64). Iannick Lamarre (Club Laval-sur-le-Lac) climbed to seventh place at -15 (273), one stroke less than Max Gilbert (Saint-Georges), tied for eighth (274).

Not far behind, Étienne Brault (Pinegrove, -13), Yohann Benson (Le Mirage, -12) and Keven Fortin-Simard (-12) finished among the top 15. Dom Lalonde (-8) also completed his tournament on a high note with a 64 (-8) which allowed him to go back to 25e location (278).

On the amateur side, Brandon Rattray (Saint-Bruno) brought back a last card of 71 (-1) to concretize his victory in the category in front of the champion of 2013, 2018 and 2021, Francis Rouillier (Victoriaville). The latter completed the event with a cumulative +5 (293), seven strokes behind the winner at -2 (286).

“Golf is a marathon and I came here just wanting to play my best golf. I’ve been thinking about the trophy all day and the 18e, my younger brother told me to go stress free. It’s a good feeling to win such a good tournament and I’m proud to have won that,” said Rattray at the end of his day’s work.

Note that $125,000 was awarded at the end of the Sani-Marc – Fenergic Canada Cup, the largest independent tournament for Canadian professional golfers from, among others, the circuits associated with the event: Vancouver Golf Tour, Great Lakes Tour, Toronto Players Tour, East Coast Pro Tour, PGA of Quebec, PGA of Canada and Golf Quebec.

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